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Geese and Greed
(Spring, 2016)

WE all know the old tale about a certain goose and her golden eggs, but once in a while it's good to remember and apply it to particular circumstances.

The owner of that fabled goose went from countryman to well-to-do. Not exactly overnight, but one golden egg at a time. So, a step at a time, he grew rich.

It wasn't enough. He thought to himself one not-so-fi ne morning that he might as well get all that gold at once. And so that goose became the subject of what could only be described as a spectacularly failed surgery. “Greed often overreaches itself.”

CTT Pledge $150,000 for Urgent
Surveillance Program Initiative

(Notice date: August 31, 2015)

ARCADIA, CALIF. . The leadership of California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) has voted unanimously to pledge $150,000 from its reserves to initiate and assist in leading a comprehensive race day camera surveillance and security program in stable areas at Thoroughbred tracks in California.

Trainer Profile
Keith Desormeaux
Winter, 2015
by Ed Golden
Photos: Horsephotos

Keith Desormeaux was raised right. There were bumps in the road, sure, but he absorbed each one, squirreling them away. He knew they would come in handy on a rainy day.

Truth is, all six Desormeaux kids were well-reared. The fact that each has a first name that begins with "K" has nothing to do with karma, although it well could.

Karma, as Webster defines it, has its origin in Hinduism and Buddhism and is "the sum and the consequences of a person's actions during the successive phases of his existence, regarded as determining his destiny."

Other than that, there is no specific reason all the names begin with "K." "My mother started with 'K' and just followed suit," Keith Desormeaux said. "I guess she liked the idea of all the names beginning with 'K.'"

New Year-Around Ship & Win Program
(Notice date: March 27, 2015)

New year-around Ship & Win program provides incentives for you!

Purse bonuses and cash incentives - see attached or below - are provided for a horse's first start in California (first-time starters excluded), whether or not the owner or trainer are currently based in Southern California.

This program is an ongoing opportunity for Southern California trainers and their owners to be rewarded for bringing new stock to California to race at Santa Anita, Del Mar, and Los Alamitos.

Act now!

Program begins April 2, and provides for a 30% purse bonus, plus $1,000 for first Southern California start. See the details attached.

TOC, CTT Endorse THA Open Letter Regarding Lasix LASIX INFO
August 9, 2014

Del Mar, Calif. – Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) and California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) stand together in support of the open letter distributed by Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (THA) on August 6, 2014, regarding Lasix.

Memberships of both organizations overwhelmingly support current initiatives to implement uniform medication guidelines including use of Lasix. A broad coalition of racing entities has been working within the Racing Medication Testing Consortium (RMTC) on this issue for several years. For the first time, the Thoroughbred industry became united in its efforts to join all racing jurisdictions under the same medication guidelines. This major initiative and step forward ought not be disturbed.

Instead, a united sport needs to continue its work until these guidelines have been adopted in every racing state. Dr. Mark Dedomenico’s efforts to fund additional research on Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) require support. Objective scientific research rather than political posturing must guide policy-makers and regulators to the next steps. Making arbitrary changes to rules or policies, not founded in objective science, would only result in additional turmoil and failure.

The Case for Using Lasix
(May 17, 2012)
The Case for Using Lasix

There have been many calls for the banning of raceday Lasix in Thoroughbred racing. The grandees of the sport, in the form of The Jockey Club, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, etc. have decided that Lasix must go. Fortunately for the horses, the effort to bar Lasix in North America seems to have stalled.

Tuesday, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission delayed action on a proposal to ban Lasix in that state. Wednesday, the New York State Racing and Wagering Commission was overwhelmed with thousands of comments opposing a proposed Lasix ban, including 500 pages of documentation from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, representing owners and trainers.

A year ago, I was uncertain about the Lasix issue. Since then, I've studied the science, notably a South African study financed but now disavowed by the Jockey Club that shows (a) that some 80 percent of horses have at least internal bleeding when they race and (b) that Lasix helps eliminate or reduce the level of bleeding. The more I learned, the more I'm convinced that Lasix is the most humane solution to a persistent problem. In fact, I've become so convinced that I was deeply involved in drafting N.Y.T.H.A.'s response to the state.

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Horses bleed. While only a few (1 percent to 5 percent) bleed visibly through the nose or mouth, many more have internal bleeding in the lungs and trachea. And that internal bleeding causes cumulative damage. The more horses bleed, the more likely they are to bleed in the future. At the extremes, severe bleeding can cause a horse to die on the racetrack.

Lasix works. All the studies show that a modest dose of Lasix greatly reduces the incidence and severity of bleeding. Since Lasix was introduced in New York in 1995, severe, visible bleeding has been reduced by 76 percent. Whatever the cause of the far-too-many fatalities at Aqueduct this winter, it wasn't Lasix. As Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey said on this year's Kentucky Derby telecast, "I've never had a horse break down under me because of Lasix."

Unlike (now-barred) steroids and other illegal drugs, Lasix doesn't enable a horse to perform beyond its natural ability, only to be more likely to reach that ability. And whatever the situation may have been years ago, Lasix no longer interferes with testing for other illegal drugs. New York now tests racehorses for some 900 illegal substances, and leading equine toxicologists unanimously agree that Lasix doesn't mask any of those drugs.

If Lasix is barred, trainers will revert to the cruel and illegal methods used in the past to limit bleeding. They'll withhold water, and perhaps food, from horses for 24 hours or more before a race. They'll use illegal, and less effective, drugs like "Kentucky Red" or tranexamic acid – both of which have been detected in "Lasix-free" jurisdictions. Or they'll use trainer Woody Stephens's old trick of giving his grooms red towels to wipe off the blood before anyone noticed.

New York's horsemen support getting tough on the drug cheaters. We've proposed to the State Racing Board that they tighten limits on painkillers, corticosteroids and clenbuterol, and that they make permanent the current arrangements under which Lasix is administered in specified dosages by veterinarians who work for the state or the racetrack, not the trainers. But we don't support a Lasix ban that would inflict unnecessary pain on the horses that we love and that would serve no purpose other than the ego gratification of a few of the 1 percent.

This article does not necessarily represent the views of either N.Y.T.H.A. or B.E.S.T.

Steve Zorn, a lawyer and law professor in New York, is the racing manager of Castle Village Farm thoroughbred partnerships and a director of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Backstretch Employees Service Team. He writes the Business of Racing blog.

Stable Notes
Racing News
Racing News
California Horse Racing Board
1010 Hurley Way, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 263-6000

Date: April 28, 2017
ARCADIA, CA - The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, April 27, at Santa Anita Park. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. First Vice Chair George Krikorian, Second Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Jesse Choper and Araceli Ruano also were in attendance.
The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. In brief:
  • The Board and those in attendance acknowledged the contributions of the late John Van de Kamp, who after serving as Los Angeles County District Attorney and then Attorney General of California served as president of the Thoroughbred Owners of California from 1996 to 2004.
  • The Board approved a request from the California Authority of Racing Fairs (CARF) to run five of the northern fair meets as one combined fair race meet, which among other things will allow for Pick Six carryovers from meet to meet, culminating in Fresno. As allocated, those venues and dates are: Oak Tree at Pleasanton from June 21 through July 11, the State Fair at Cal Expo (July 12-August 1), the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale (August 25-September 3), CARF with Oak Tree at Pleasanton (September 20-October 3), and the Big Fresno Fair (October 4-17).
  • The Board authorized the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club to distribute a total of $131,198 in race day charity proceeds from its two 2016 meets to eight beneficiaries.


The Horse Report from
UC Davis Equine Health Center

Equine Health Report
Understanding and Addressing Lameness

  • How Do You Know if a Horse is Lame?
  • What is Equine Footing Science?
  • Immediately Translating Research Findings to Clinical Application
  • Join Us at the Kentucky Derby
  • UC Davis Bones Scans Improving the Lives of Racehorses
  • ...and More


The decision to geld or castrate a colt or stallion is ultimately the choice of the owner. However, questions and concerns about the procedure, aftercare and future career may be warranted. Learn more about castration by posing your questions to our experts, Drs. Jen Reda and Stephanie Regan, during the month of November.

(November 28, 2012)
Study: Identifying Signs of Humeral and Scapular Fractures

Dr. Erin McKerney, in collaboration with Dr. Susan Stover from the J.D Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory, at UC Davis is conducting a study to better understand the events that lead to catastrophic fractures of the humerus and scapula in racehorses. These injuries can happen suddenly, unexpectedly and often without warning to horses under the care of a large variety of trainers. Complete fractures of the scapula and humerus are almost always fatal; but, when recognized early, the predisposing incomplete stress fractures can heal and horses are able to successfully return to racing.


North American Trainer Magazine 2015 Media Information

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